CURTISS HELLDIVER: Beauty and the Beast

Filipe Silva investigates the forgotten image of a Portuguese Curtiss Helldiver over Lisbon’s stunning waterfront

A moment in time: The then Lt Cyrne de Castro in the cockpit of ‘AS-14’ as the four-ship passes over Lisbon’s Terreiro do Paço

When it comes to air-to-air photography, there is usually a tale beyond what you can see in the image itself. And while the results often exist far longer than the photographer, the specifics of how they came about – the what, why, where and who – are usually lost or forgotten in the passage of time. 

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